Vacuum sealing can help you to prevent food waste and to better store lots of different food items that you might ordinarily have trouble using before they go bad.
This handy tool can make sure that you always have the right ingredients on hand for your cooking processes and can help you to eat more fresh vegetables.
That being said, there are some vegetables and other foods that are hard to store safely with a vacuum sealer.
Radishes belong to a group of vegetables that are hard to vacuum seal. This is because radishes emit gasses that make the vacuum seal on the sealing bags fail.
You have to prepare your radishes perfectly to be sure that they will stay vacuum-sealed correctly. This is a common problem with raw onion and garlic as well, and broccoli can also suffer from this issue. When storing cooked radishes, you should not run into these issues.
If you want to learn more about whether or not you can vacuum seal radishes, you need to keep reading.
What is the Process of Vacuum Seal Radishes?
As mentioned above, if you are storing cooked radishes, regular storage processes will apply. You will not run into issues with storing radishes that have been cooked since they will not produce the gases that can lead to the vacuum seal on the sealing bags failing you.
No matter what else you do with your radishes, you need to separate them from their greens and clean them very thoroughly. Radishes are not often pre-washed like other vegetables, so they will need a good cleaning before they are stored or used in any cooking project you have in mind.
The only way to safely store your radishes in a vacuum sealing bag is to blanch them first. To do this, you will need to bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Pour in a small amount of salt before the water reaches a hard boil. You will need to put the radishes into the pot of water carefully and then use a slotted spoon to submerge them.
You will need to cook your radishes for about 3-5 minutes until they are crisp and tender.
Remove your radishes from the boiling water and let them cool and dry off. They will need to be both cool and dry before you can seal them into your vacuum sealed bags.
There are “moist” storage settings for many vacuum sealing bags, but this is not often enough to overcome the gases that fresh and uncooked radishes will create.
It is always better to ensure the cooking process is completed and the radishes are cool and dry before you store them.
Carefully wash your hands so that you do not introduce bacteria into the bag with your radishes. No matter how well you have prepared your radishes, they will not last for long in their vacuum sealed bags if your hands are not clean when you are storing them.
Make sure as well that you have a flat surface to use for your vacuum sealing work. You do not want all the radishes to end up in a clump inside the bag, as this can make them go bad.
Seal up a small handful of radishes at a time unless you are sure that you can keep these veggies in a flat layer inside the bag you are sealing.
You will also want to keep the number of radishes per bag smaller so that there is no chance that there might still be gases produced that will break the seal on the bag.
Once your radishes are sealed, mark the date that you sealed them on the bag. Your radishes should keep for about two weeks in the fridge.
You might find that freezing your radishes damages their texture and flavor, but if you do want to put them in the freezer, they should keep for a month or a month and a half.
Be sure that you check on them frequently when using either storage method so that you notice if any of your bags have failing seals. These radishes will need to be consumed first.
What if I Want to Have Raw Radishes on Hand?
If you need to have raw radishes on hand for other needs when cooking or for snacking or salads, just split up your bunch of radishes.
You can blanch some of them for use in other cooking and keep some of them fresh for use in salads and other cooking where they cannot be softened up.
Overall, blanched radishes are not that much different from raw ones in texture and flavor. They can also be perfect for use in any dish that requires marinade since they will be prepared perfectly to take on these sauces.
Radishes keep well in the fridge if they are separated from their greens, so you will want to make sure that this is done no matter how you choose to store them once they are cleaned up.
In instances where your radishes are muddy or dirty, make sure that you wash them thoroughly before you use any storage method.
It can be quite easy for radishes to go bad due to bacteria that have been introduced from the soil or from the greens that are left on for shipping to the store.
Storing Radishes With a Vacuum Sealer Can be Easy When Done Right
If you use these tips, you will be able to store your radishes with a vacuum sealer without issue. Make sure that you are careful about cleaning them thoroughly and that you take the time to store them in smaller batches.
The more meticulous you are about cleanliness and about small batch sealing, the better your vacuum sealing storage will be.
Radishes can be a bit tricky to store using a vacuum sealer, but that does not mean that you cannot have success with this storage method with some planning in advance.